HIV project targets at-risk population

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HA NOI (VNS) – A project that seeks to control the spread of HIV/AIDS in Viet Nam by linking people most at risk with needed services was launched in Ha Noi yesterday.

The "USAID Community HIV Link – Northern Coast" project will be carried out in the provinces of Nghe An and Quang Ninh as well as the port city of Hai Phong.

The main implementer of the three-year project that closes in July 2017 will be the Centre for Community Health and Development (COHED).

A press-release from the project sponsor, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), says that "to contain current prevention and treatment activities, local civil society organisations (CSOs) and community-based organisations (CBOs) must increase their contributions to the national HIV programme."

As such, it will mobilise and train a network of CBSs to reach out to at-risk populations and facilitate the latter’s access to services like HIV testing and ARV treatment.

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